“We’re real fortunate to be able to debut with the series at a track we’re so familiar with,” notes Franklin. “This entire season is going to be a huge lesson for us, so if we’re able to ease into it this weekend it’ll be a bonus for us.”
While moving from weekly Super Stock racing to one of the most competitive Pro Late Model tours in North America is a daunting task, there’s no question that Franklin and his family-run operation intend on pushing themselves as hard as possible each and every night.
“Just because we’ve never raced this car before doesn’t mean we aren’t going to throw everything we have at this race,” says the Coldwater, ON native. “If we could find a way to podium in our first race, it would be huge for us. We’ll be swinging for the fences as soon as we hit the speedway this weekend.”
Saturday will be the first of many opportunities for Franklin to show that he is a prospect worth keeping an eye on. And, with the right amount of research and note-taking, it could provide the freshman the ideal chance to get a feel for his fellow competitors.
“The only way we’re going to be able to contend with the best guys on this tour is through research and seat time,” says Franklin. “Our goal is to be able to contend for wins before the end of the season. We know how much competition there is on this roster, but we’re up to the challenge of racing with them. It’s all about taking it one night at a time.”